Our original four boys came from Ardo Alpacas in Aberdeenshire. We are not alpaca breeders and have our boys purely as pets. Our experience is that you don't need to be a breeder and that a 'batchelor herd' can give much pleasure to the owner. We have 5 acres including our big garden and grazing for the boys, 15 miles north of Inverness, Scotland. I spin, knit, felt and crochet with the fleece from the boys.


Just a reminder that clicking on (most) of the photos will show them greatly enlarged.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Summer - but not as we like it!

We penned the boys for a check-over earlier and this is Fyta waiting to see what is coming next.  In his case - nothing.  It has been difficult to get a day this week with decent weather when we could work with the boys.  It's either been pouring with rain or a howling gale - or both, and still very cold for June. 
"Halt - who goes there?"  The usual approach from Faro the sentry whilst viewing the camera with deep suspicion.  Fyta is in the background.
Meanwhile, in a field shelter a couple of metres away - Fidget (left) and Fergus in their favourite lazing about postures. As usual the hay buckets are emptied then tossed about.
Faro can't resist a bit of fresh hay but Fergus remains comfortably rooted to the ground!
Fyta sat out through a couple of heavy rain showers and was pretty wet in this picture.  There is a rabbit in the next paddock who is trying hard to push the Grumpy Gardener into drastic action  by digging holes around the paddocks and the field shelters.  Some years we only have a few rabbits - this year we have dozens of the little b.........(bunnies!)
And finally...............better late than never, the Laburnum tree has started to flower at last.


  1. We are over-run by rabbits too this year - we thought it was due to the mild winter, but yours was much harsher than ours.

  2. Thank goodness we are forecast some better weather this week. Trying to keep babies warm and dry has been challenging. One newborn actually got blown over!

  3. Luckily your chaps have still got their winter coats on! Hope the sunshine soon arrives up in your neck of the woods!